BSc (Hons.) Microbiology & Biotechnology
Microbiology & Biotechnology
This programme aims to provide you with specialist skills in food, environmental and medical microbiology and biotechnology, in addition to a broad understanding of the biological sciences. By studying on this programme you will develop scientific knowledge together with the practical and employability skills that you need for employment in a wide range of occupations, including those requiring specialist knowledge in microbiology and biotechnology.
Overview of Programme
The Microbiology and Biotechnology programme focuses on microbes and their amazing ability to adapt to virtually every ecological niche. Through specialist modules in healthcare, food and environmental biotechnology, you will explore how we exploit the diversity of microorganisms in the production of drugs and food, and the decontamination of polluted environments. You will learn, for example, of the responses of the human immune system to invading bacteria and the exploitation of this knowledge by pharmaceutical industries in the development of drugs, vaccines and diagnostic kits. Throughout this course, you will discover how an understanding of a microbe’s ability to exist in diverse environments leads to applications that benefit humans and their environment.
The course has a significant practical component. Most modules have laboratory classes giving you the opportunity to study using a hands-on approach and in the final year of the honours degree programme, you will conduct your own research project. Throughout this degree you will develop a number of transferable skills (including problem-solving, communication, organisational and presentational skills) which will help you to compete in the work place.
Owing to the impact of microbiology and biotechnology on all aspects of life, this degree offers you the possibility to work in a broad range of manufacturing industries including food and drink, pharmaceutical, environmental, and chemical. It will qualify you to work in industrial research and development, production, quality control, sales/marketing and consultancy. It may also provide you with opportunities to work in laboratories in research institutes, government departments, health service and environmental consultancies. The emphasis on research in this course also equips you with the knowledge and skills required to continue on to postgraduate MSc study.
BSc Second year
- Laboratory Technology
- Presentation Skills
- Field Visits
- Report Writing
BSc Third year
- Molecular Genetics
- Medical Microbiology
- Scientific Communication – Dissertation
- Food Microbiology & Biotechnology
- Environmental Microbiology
- Applications of Molecular Biology
- Biotechnology – Industry & Environment
- Cellular & Molecular Immunology
- Scientific Research Project